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Pacific studies

Books and Things
A display of resources for Pacific studies at the University of Sydney
Curated by Erna Lilje
24 April to 19 December 2014
Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public. Closed Public Holidays
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH
Thursday 24 April 2014
6.30–7.30pm

Exhibition launch by Kylie Moloney, Executive Officer, Pacific Manuscripts Bureau
John Gascoigne’s Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment (CUP 2014). Book launch by Dr Kate Fullagar, Macquarie University
Free with booking required: RSVP by Thursday 17 April 2014
E macleay.museum@sydney.edu.au

 

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Great Novels of 1814: Austen, Burney, Edgeworth and Scott
6 February to 17 April 2014

This year we celebrate the bicentenary of four great novels published in the same year. Jane Austen is widely known and loved by a vast audience and this exhibition celebrates her novel Mansfield Park and works by her favourite authors: Frances Burney’s The Wanderer, Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage and Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

Image: From Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott (Hurst, Robinson & Co 1821), one of the Three-Decker Collection at Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Sydney Library.

 

2013 Library Exhibitions

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Treasures lost and found
18 November 2013 to 31 January 2014

Shipwrecks and lost treasures captivate human curiosity and inspire treasure seeking. These books purchased to support postgraduate studies on Chinese and Vietnamese pottery describe treasured pottery. They provide a background to rumours and clues about the voyages and underwater sites where ships were thought to have sunk.

Cargoes of unique Chinese and Vietnamese pottery were shipped to remote destinations but not all ports were reached. Some ships suffered disastrous misfortunes and sunk to the sudden destination of the seabed.

The exhibition is presented by Aleksandra Nikolic (Arts Team) and the University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 3, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Further information
T 9351 4762
E aleksandra.nikolic@sydney.edu.au

 

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Colin Rhodes: Shibboleth
12 August 2013 - 28 March 2014

Shibboleth by Colin Rhodes is the first project in the Fisher Library Series of Art Installations which explore ideas about the functions and purposes of libraries and the many different manifestations of books available to readers and researchers through library collections. The Series will also look at how contemporary art can revive an appreciation of the printed page in an age of digital media.

Colin Rhodes is the Dean of Sydney College of the Arts. Rhodes’ research is primarily in the areas of 20th century and contemporary art history and theory. He has written and lectured widely on Modernism, especially Expressionism in its many forms, and Self-Taught and Outsider Art. His books include the influential Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives (2000), which has also been published in Spanish, French and Finnish editions, and Primitivism and Modern Art (1994), which is also in French translation. He has a particular interest in the ways in which western art and culture has interacted with that of its perceived others, and in those cultures of production that exist in the margins of the dominant art world. He is a regular contributor to Raw Vision, Création Franche and The Burlington Magazine. He has a keen commitment to drawing and exhibits his own art occasionally.

This installation is curated by Michael Goldberg, a senior lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts. He holds a particular interest in working in spaces not usually associated with contemporary art and how artwork that is commissioned specifically for those spaces can enliven them, encourage discussion and bring about new perspectives. He has curated art projects for Sydney Living Museums at Elizabeth Bay House, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, the Australian Museum and the City of Sydney.

The installations makes use of minimal labelling and instead encourage viewers to look at Tumblr and other blog sites associated with the projects. These online resources will offer artists’ information, descriptions and interpretations.

The exhibition is presented by the University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections and Sydney College of the Arts

Where: Exhibition showcases, Level 2, 3 and 4, Fisher Library North.
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Image: C.Rhodes, Australian Spirit I-IV and Nude Woman with Raised Arms (Level 2 Fisher North) taken by Michael Goldberg

 

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Sense and Sensibilities: history of the neurosciences
18 June to 17 December 2013

The brain must surely be the most fascinating of all human organs. The early anatomists first explored its secrets; the physiologists began to investigate its pathways; the clinicians made clinic-pathological connections but we still have much to learn. This display includes many of the original works of the 14th to 19th centuries, which laid the foundations of our current knowledge of the neurosciences.

The exhibition is presented by the University Library's Rare Books and Special Collections and International Society for the History of the Neurosciences.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E sara.hilder@sydney.edu.au

Image: Descartes, René, 1596-1650
De homine fi guris, et Latinitate donates a Florentio Schuyl
Lugduni Batavorum, ex offi cinal Hackiana, 1664. D3 Moore Collection.

 

GUWC

Growing Up With Cancer: Self-portraits by young people growing up with cancer.
3 June – 19 July 2013

Growing Up With Cancer (GUWC) is an innovative project using research and creative practice to understand the experience of having cancer during adolescence and young adulthood. Funded through an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, it brought together researchers, artists, advocates and clinicians at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and CanTeen - the Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer.

This exhibition of 22 self-portraits is part of the 2013 Head On Photo Festival Program.

To find out more about the exhibition visit sydney.edu.au/medicine/velim/news/cancer/index.php

Where: Herbert Smith Freehills Law Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Contacts:
Sandy Bliim
E guwc.research@usyd.edu.au
T (02) 9036 3409 or 0422 337 944

Rhonda Myers, Coordinator, Library Communications
E rhonda.myers@sydney.edu.au
T 9351 7266

Self-portrait: Sophie Cassar, 2011

 

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Time Exposures: 60 life portraits - Sharon Zwi
22 May to 29 June 2013

Time Exposures: 60 Life Portraits presents 60 composite grid photographs in black and white, in the style of traditional analogue photography akin to a contact sheet. Each portrait is made up of 25 images spanning the person’s life.

Each photograph celebrates from babyhood to the present life, people whose achievements Zwi admires and respects. Not all are high profile people, but many are: Eva Cox, Margaret Whitlam, Shanti Raman, Michael Kirby, John Coetzee, and David Stratton, to name only six out of the 60 complete portraits. The collection of 60 portraits is represented by about half featuring women, and half of men. There are politicians, feminists, teachers, scientists, activists, environmentalists, refugees, filmmakers, writers, social commentators - the list goes on. The photographs supplied to Zwi have been sourced from personal photo albums and archives. Each composite portrait was a personal collaboration with the subject and the artist. The last portrait in each grid has been taken by Zwi herself.

Photographs address the photographer’s interest in memory, place, identity and history: each photo was taken in a time and place of different historical events. Zwi also finds it fascinating to see the changes as people grow up, mature and age; at what stage you see the ‘essence’ of the person, when their personalities are formed and their faces take on their identity. Zwi has chosen the people in these portraits as she feels they are making a difference in society in various ways – some intentionally and others simply in the way they contribute in their community.

Sharon Zwi was a finalist in the 2013 National Photographic Portrait Prize, on display 9 March - 19 May at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, with portrait of David Stratton. Zwi studied Art and Photography at Reading University in the U.K. and Printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Zwi has taught art and photography and has exhibited at the Sydney’s Kodak Gallery. Her work is about the world we live in, the environment and people. Growing up in apartheid South Africa, social issues have always been of primary importance, and these are reflected in her art practice. Zwi moved from Johannesburg to the UK in her 20s and moved to Sydney in 1982, where she undertook more arts studies in Photography at TAFE and Museum Studies at the University of Sydney.

This featured exhibition is part of the 2013 Head On Photo Festival Program.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Contact: Rhonda Myers, Coordinator, Library Communications
E rhonda.myers@sydney.edu.au
T 9351 7266

Composite photo: David Stratton by Sharon Zwi

 

HistoryMatters

History Matters!
23 January to 12 May 2013

Painless surgery is a modern phenomenon, but the concept was an ancient one. The exhibition includes many of the pioneering works of 16th to 19th century medical science, which transformed the idea into a reality.

Presented by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the University of Sydney Library this joint exhibition features rarely seen books from the University Library's Rare Books and Special Collections and the Richard Bailey Library, in association with retired anaesthetic equipment from the Harry Daly Museum.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library

Further information
T 9036 6465
E sara.hilder@sydney.edu.au

Image: The administration of nitrous oxide and ether by means of a Clover’s Portable Ether Inhaler, a special form of stopcock, and a detached gas-bag.
Frederick W. Hewitt, Anaesthetics and their Administration (1893)

 

2012 Library ExhibitionsRSS feed Icon

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Inner Space: a microscopic journey
29 February to 5 April 2012

Explore exciting discoveries from the world of science through the lens of a microscope. Get a new perspective on innovative light metals, wandering cancer cells and ancient insects frozen in time. See how different microscopy techniques combine to give new visions of our world through the unique images presented in this exhibition by the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Where: SciTech Library

Further information
T 9351 5322
E acmm.graduateprogram@sydney.edu.au

Image: Invasion by a cancer cell by L Soon and J Lee, colour-enhanced scanning electron micrograph, 2011.

 

2011 Library ExhibitionsRSS feed Icon

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Recognising a Nobel Laureate: Sir Robert Robinson
7-30 November 2011

The Nobel Prize Certificate of Sir Robert Robinson was the centrepiece of a collection of documents, awards and papers purchased by the Library with funds from the Leslie Lillie Bequest.

Sir Robert Robinson (1886–1975) was appointed as the first Professor of Pure and Applied Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney in 1912. Robinson, then Waynflete Professor of Chemistry at Oxford, was awarded the 1947 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his work on plant products of biological importance, especially the alkaloids".

Robinson's long and illustrious career is well represented in the collection. Apart from the Nobel Prize Certificate, the collection includes the Copley Medal Award Certificate (1942), the Order of Merit Certificate from King George VI (1949), as well as several other awards and testaments to his achievements.

Professor Sir John Cornforth, Australia's only other chemistry Nobel Laureate (1975) and a graduate and University Medallist from the University of Sydney was a graduate student of Robinson at Oxford.

The purchase of this collection would not have been possible without the Lillie Bequest. The collection is housed in the Rare Books Library.

Where: Rare Books & Special Collections, L2 Fisher Library

Photo: Detail of the Nobel Prize Certificate

 

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Isaac Newton and the Temple of Solomon
21 September to 14 December 2011

Isaac Newton wrote on the Temple of Solomon for over 50 years. One of his manuscripts, known as Babson Ms 0434 is an architectural reconstruction of the Temple of Solomon and was written at the same time he was writing the Principia. This exhibition presents the first reconstruction of the Temple of Solomon from Newton's research. This model has never been constructed either virtual or physical before!

The exhibition is presented by Dr Tessa Morrison, Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in Architectural History, The School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Callaghan.

Where: SciTech Library and Law Library

Photo: Dr Tessa Morrison

 



Building blocks of the modern world: engineering marvels and achievements from the 18th to the early 20th centuries
22 August to 16 December 2011

The period from the late 18h century to the early 20th century could perhaps be called the age of the engineer. The developments in many fields during this time radically changed the way people lived and worked and have continued on to the present day. Known as the Industrial Revolution, it was a time of numerous inventions, and industry developed so fast that society could barely keep up. During this period there were major developments and inventions in agriculture, manufacturing, communications, and travel that eventually spread throughout the world.

Then came what has become known as The Second Industrial Revolution, also known as the Technological Revolution, which occurred from about 1870 until the advent World War I in 1914. Here the importance lies with the adoption of new technologies and inventions, especially electricity and the internal combustion engine, new materials and substances, including alloys and chemicals, and the development of communication technologies such as the telegraph and the radio.

Where: Rare Books and Special Collections, L2 Fisher Library

 

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Focus on Marine Science
25 July to 6 September 2011

Marine science can take you to wild, sometimes remote and special places. From the tropics to Antarctica, in estuaries, on the coast and in the open ocean the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science (USIMS) shows the diversity of their current research with contributions from geosciences, biosciences, law and engineering.

In this exhibition you will see how geoscientists, working in tropical reef regions, are uncovering clues from past climates that may help us predict how the marine environment will react to future changes in climate. You will get a glimpse of how researchers are unravelling the processes that formed the ancient ocean floors over geological time. You will also be introduced to marine biologists who investigate the affects of ocean warming and acidification on marine organisms and how these organisms will cope with the oceans increasing uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. You will be surprised how ecologists transform plumbing materials into nifty contraptions to study why animals live where they live and how they adapt to their specific habitat. In addition, important contributions are presented from engineering with the development of automated underwater vehicles (AUVs) that can explore the ocean floors for us in depths that we cannot reach.

The wide range of research topics, stunning study sites and technologies are sure to inspire you!

Where: SciTech Library

Photo: Dr Ana Vila-Concejo

 

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Nyonin Geijutsu (Women's Arts) 1928-32
What were they fighting for?

8 July to 12 August 2011

Nyonin Geijutsu (Women's Arts) was a left-wing feminist arts journal which appeared in Japan from 1928 to 1932. Many of the journal's contributors went on to become leading writers, poets and journalists in the following decades. The journal had a distinctive visual style, which we celebrate in this exhibition.

Where: Law Library

Photo: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:PD-Japan-oldphoto/en?uselang=ja

 

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Let's Face It
From 24 May and extended to 30 June 2011

This photographic exhibition by Sarah Barker documents survivors of the Kinchela Boy's Home (KBH), and is presented with the support of members of the KBH Aboriginal Corporation.

From 1924 until 1970, between 400 and 600 Aboriginal boys were forcibly removed from their families and placed in the Kinchela Boy's Home on the NSW Mid North Coast. The harsh treatment, punishment, deprivation and sexual abuse they suffered were documented in Bringing them home, the report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families.

The photographs are portraits of some of the men who were stolen in infancy, forbidden from speaking their Indigenous languages, brutalised as children, and sent into the world without family or complete education. Ray Minniecon, consultant for the KBH men, comments that the men lost their family, land, culture, and language, and were not able to pass a knowledge of their culture, identity or history to their own children. Sarah Barker is a Sydney–based photographer who has been working as a volunteer photographer for the KBH Aboriginal Corporation since 2002.

Patrons are respectfully advised that this exhibition contains images of people who have passed away.

This exhibition brought to you with the support of the University Library is part of Head On Photo Festival and Reconciliation Week at the University of Sydney.

Where: Levels 3 and 4 Fisher Library

 

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Bradfield: the Bridge and Beyond
2 May to 1 July 2011
SciTech Library

JJC Bradfield was one of the great visionaries of Australian engineering. Famed as the designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge project, he also produced a range of brilliant and influential works that remain relevant today. These include the iconic Story Bridge in Brisbane, the famous "Bradfield Scheme" for the irrigation of inland Australia, and his important plans for Sydney's railway system which began as the first doctorate of science in engineering awarded by the University of Sydney. This exhibition, in partnership with the School of Civil Engineering, will showcase a range of Bradfield's work, from electric railways to his scheme to irrigate Australian farmlands.

Join us for the launch
6pm, Monday 9 May 2011

Guest Speaker
Tim Wilkinson
Senior Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering

Where: SciTech Library, Level 1, Jane Foss Russell Building, 160 City Road Darlington.

Win a Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb ticket

Visit the exhibition and fill out the competition entry form between 2 May and 5pm, 1 July 2011 to go in the draw to win a Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb Gold Gift Certificate.

The competition is open to University of Sydney students and staff (excluding Library staff) and to the public. The first correct entry drawn at the SciTech Library after the competition closes 1 July will be the winner. The winner will be notified by 4 July 2011.

4 July 2011: The winner of the BridgClimb Gold Gift Certificate is Trisha Mathews. Congratulations Trisha!

Photo: Sydney Harbour Bridge photograph collection. 'Bridge Roadway 7/1/1932'.

 

One Thousand Paper Cranes
From 18 April 2011

12 Sydney University students contributed to the making of the One Thousand Paper Cranes (Sen-ba-zuru / 千羽鶴) which is a symbol of mourning and peace from Japanese Tradition.

"Upon the hazardous earthquake which hit Japan in March 2011, we the team made this to remember what happened, people suffered, and the memories we should not forget. We also would like to dedicate this not only to the people in Japan, but also to the people in New Zealand, Iraq, Libya and all the places in the world who are suffering pain and hard times in their lives." Noriyuki Ishii.

Contributors: Noriyuki Ishii, Ryutaro Kawamura, TsuneariYahiro, SeiraYahiro, Tomoka Moro, Taishi Tanaka, ShoNakatani, Taro Ooka, Misato Goto, Michelle Lee, George She and Hitomi Sasaki.

Where: Level 3 foyer Fisher Library.

 

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Inoue Yasushi on the Silk Road: Photographs of Dunhuang by Otsuka Seigo
15 April to 12 May 2011

Inoue Yasushi (1907–91) was one of Japan's most prominent and popular postwar writers. He is particularly well-known for his historical fiction set in Japan and western China, including the novels Lou-Lan and Tun-huang (Dunhuang), which received the Mainichi Art Award in 1960. Nearly 20 years later, Inoue visited the oasis town of Dunhuang at the edge of the Gobi desert in western China. Otsuka Seigo, an eminent photojournalist, joined him there for the making of the NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) TV documentary series, The Silk Road. This exhibition showcases Otsuka's photographs of what touched Inoue's heart and mind - the exuberant Buddhist sculptures and paintings, created between the 4th and the 14th centuries, in the cave temples of Dunhuang.

The exhibition is presented by the Inoue Yasushi Memorial Foundation, the University Library and the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney, and Masanori and Momoe Ohtani, with the support of Canon Australia. The exhibition is curated by Mika Nishimura.

Where: Levels 3 and 4, Fisher Library.

Photo: Otsuka Seigo

 

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Frontiers of Science Competition Display
28 March to 21 April 2011

University of Sydney students were invited to enter the Library's competition with the task of visually communicating an original scientific idea related to global warming. Entries are now on display.

Where: SciTech Library, Jane Foss Russell Building, 160 City Road Darlington.

Left, image credit: Evolution competition entry by Wei Kang

 

The Winner
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6 April, SciTech Library: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki presented Charlotte Scotton an iPad 2 for her winning entry.

See Charlotte's entry and photos from the presentation on the Library's > Facebook page

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Frontiers of Science
21 February to 21 April 2011

Frontiers of Science was an innovative comic strip which enjoyed worldwide success. It was syndicated in over 600 newspapers from 1961 until 1982. Professor Stuart Butler from the School of Physics, journalist and film-maker Bob Raymond, and artists Andrea Bresciani and David Emersen, each played a part in popularising science through the engaging series. Frontiers of Science communicated scientific concepts, theories, processes, discoveries and developments to the public in an entertaining style.

Where: SciTech Library, Levels 1 and 2, Jane Foss Russell Building, 160 City Road Darlington.

Image credit: Frontiers of Science
W http://frontiers.library.usyd.edu.au/

WIN AN IPAD: enter the Frontiers of Science competition!

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The love that dared speak its name: Same-sex desires in the Victorian world
21 February to 31 July 2011

Draw back the curtains and peek at the influence of the Victorian world on modern sexuality. Trace the publication of rare and censored books. Discover how homosexual scandal and the fight for lesbian and gay rights were represented in a variety of different cultural milieus. Find out about the authors and theorists whose interest in same-sex desires contributed to our current understanding of freedom. After viewing this exhibition, you may conclude that Stonewall was the noisy grandchild of an older sexual reform.

Please note this exhibition includes sexually explicit images and language, which may offend some people.

The exhibition is brought to you by the University Library in association with the 2011 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Where: Rare Books & Special Collections, Level 2, Fisher Library.

Image credit: Geschlechtskund. IV (1930), Tafel XXXV.

 

 

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WOOL: Sheep, Squatters and the early Australian Pastoral Industry
10 October 2010 to 30 April 2011

The wool industry buoyed the economy in the 19th century and helped shape the character of rural Australia. Nugget, a 5 year old ram from Collaroy Stud near Merriwa, one of the major studs of New South Wales, was a fine example of the merino breed which was adapted to Australian conditions.

The exhibition contains early publications about sheep farming, sheep diseases, and squatters and also features handbooks, early cookbooks and fiction, including a manuscript poem by Henry Lawson about the NSW Minister for Agriculture, Donald Macdonell.

Where: Rare Books & Special Collections, Level 2, Fisher Library.

 

 

 

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